Stephanie Kuehn's Blog

August 7, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind summer of bookishphoto things and travel and good friends and good family and road trips and trying experiences that are far outside my comfort zone. It’s also been a scorching season of life and death: the thrill of holding a friend’s beautiful new baby; the sorrow of saying goodbye to a dear friend who’s been a part of my life since before I was born.


In both the joy and the sadness (and everything in between), I’m thankful for the adventures I’ve had, and all the wonderful...

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Published on August 07, 2014 11:41 • 27 views

June 24, 2014

complicit_coverToday is the day my second book, Complicit, is released into the world. It’s a book about secrets and tragedy, melody and dissonance, sibling love and sibling rivalry. It’s a book about adoption and loss and guilt and gain and the endless wondering if where one comes from even matters at all, Maybe now is all that means anything.


If you read it, I hope you like it. I hope you listen to a little Thelonious Monk along the way, too.


For anyone who is in the Bay Area, I am throwing a launch party o...

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June 12, 2014

lday14Today is June 12, which means it’s Loving Day. I talk about this day every year because it’s a day worth celebrating. On June 12, 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down all anti-miscenegation laws as unconstitutional in their ruling of Loving v. Virginia. These were laws that forbade interracial marriage, and the Supreme Court’s ruling allowed Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving to be legally married after their 9-year fight with the state of Virginia. It’s the Lovings’ legacy that is honored an...

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June 6, 2014

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My first real copy of COMPLICIT showed up in the mail yesterday. It’s always a thrill to see an idea that’s lived inside your head for so long become a thing. Oh, and it’s a beautiful thing. Kerri Resnick at St. Martin’s did such a gorgeous job with the cover design.


The arrival of this book also means June is here. Summer. Loving Day. Launch day. Children sleeping late and bounding around the house. Spring went by in a flash, and I have a feeling this month will, too. COMPLICIT officially rel...

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Published on June 06, 2014 09:08 • 8 views

May 7, 2014

photo 3-2I am both thrilled and thankful that the School Library Journal has given COMPLICIT its third starred review in their May issue. If you have a subscription, you can read the full review here. If not, here’s a snippet:


“Alternating between past and present, Kuehn sustains the tension through first-person narration and revealing flashbacks. Complicit ensnares readers from the first page with its surprising twists and revelations. Recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.”


To celebrate such...

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Published on May 07, 2014 07:43 • 24 views

May 1, 2014

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Brandy Colbert and I somehow met each other online last year. I don’t actually know how. I’m terrible at remembering things like that. But maybe when you have two wacky brown ladies who both live in California and like to read and write dark, twisty, contemporary YA stories, it’s destiny that they are going to end up being friends.


Not just friends, but also critique partners. I trust Brandy’s taste, and she has helped me immensely with my writing. I also take great joy in getting the chance t...

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April 8, 2014

flowersSpring has snuck up on me in a way I’m unaccustomed to. Our spring is usually slow and methodical; First come the magnolia blossoms, followed by the lilacs, then the jasmine. But we had a late rain after a warm, dry winter, and nature is as confused as I am. Suddenly everything is in bloom, all at once. It is bright, and it is beautiful.


Other things are sneaking up on me, too. COMPLICIT is coming out in less than three months. I am very excited to share this book with the world, and I am beyo...

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March 30, 2014

There’s a new look to this wappleebsite. Over the weekend, I managed to break the whole site (well, what I really did was learn that the theme I was using was not compatible with the latest version of wordpress. This led to brokenness). Consequently, I ended up purchasing a new theme and fiddling around with it for hours. I’m still figuring it out as I go and fixing glitches, but at least it’s up and running.


Other than that, life’s been in a lull this past week. I’ve got a draft of my new book out...

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Published on March 30, 2014 21:17 • 49 views

March 19, 2014

Librarian Karen Jensen and YA authors Carrie Mesrobian, Trish Doller, and Christa Desir have recently done some incredible work to put together a huge assortment of online resources, as well as a virtual program that is focused on discussing issues of sexual violence in YA literature. I’m really excited to be a part of the next online discussion that will take place via google hangout on Wednesday, March 26 at noon (EST). Carrie Mesrobian will be moderating, and the panel will include myself,...

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March 5, 2014

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I am so excited to finally be able to share this news. From Publisher’s Weekly…


Sara Goodman at St. Martin’s has acquired the third YA novel from Stephanie Kuehn, Delicate Monsters, a psychological thriller about a teenage sociopath returning to her hometown, and the brothers whose lives are forever changed by her reappearance. Kuehn won the 2014 William C. Morris Award for her debut YA novel, Charm & Strange. Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management negotiated the deal for Nor...

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Published on March 05, 2014 05:39 • 44 views